Mike Mentzer Workouts
Mike Mentzer Workouts - Genius or LunaticBy Jason Ferruggia, Men's Fitness Magazine Columnist & Head Training AdvisorAuthor of Muscle Gaining Secrets
If you don't exactly know who Mike Mentzer was, let me give you some quick background.
He was a famous bodybuilder who competed in the seventies and eighties against Arnold himself.
Mike Mentzer was known for being a proponent of low volume training.
People either loved or hated him.
He had radical view points and a very direct way of expressing them.
He even had the courage to call Arnold out and state that Arnold's high volume training protocols were a complete waste of time.
Mike Mentzer's workout theory was that we all severely over-trained in sets and overall volume but seriously under-trained in intensity. Mike Mentzer workouts were between one to three sets per body part, once every 7 to 21 days. He also knew something that I have also learned a long time ago - that high protein diets are not necessary and are just another scam by the bodybuilding supplements industry to get you to buy more protein powder and other useless supplements.
Many people thought that Mike Mentzer was a genius and said people learned a great deal from him while making tremendous progress following his advice.
Others thought he was simply insane and regarded Mike Mentzer workouts as pure nonsense. Personally, I loved Mike’s attitude and his rebellious nature.
I also learned a lot from him and the first time I read Heavy Duty back in the early 90’s, it really changed the way I thought about training.
It also helped me to achieve outstanding results.
Before then, I was like many of you - constantly in search for the best training program. I always thought there had to be a better way of doing things. So, for a few years I experimented with everything under the sun. Sometimes, you have to stray off the right path and get lost in order to realize that you were heading in the right direction all along.
It's been more than 15 years since I read Mike Mentzer’s training theories and I've experimented with many different loading parameters and training methods since then. I can now say, without a doubt, that Mike Mentzer was a lot smarter and a lot closer to the truth than many people I've taken advice from in the past. Mike Mentzer workouts proved to be very instrumental in helping me make some considerable progress over the years.
So, was Mike a genius?
Not a genius. But he was a very smart guy and a very rational thinker. He never blindly accepted what everyone else was doing.
Looking back now I can clearly see that Mike was a bit off with his frequency recommendations and the intensity he suggested was somewhat too high and unnecessary. Moreover, I think some of the intensity techniques he advocated are even counterproductive.
However, all this doesn’t mean that Mike’s ideas were ineffective. After all, he is responsible for helping Dorian Yates win the Mr. Olympia contest multiple times.
Mike was fully aware of the dangers of over-training and he realized how unnecessary and counterproductive and useless high volume was. He knew that it didn’t take anywhere near as much training as most people thought to get dramatic gains in both size and strength.
Mike preached that if you couldn’t get the job done in a fraction of the sets you normally use then you weren’t training hard enough. Or maybe you weren’t eating right or getting enough rest. In any case, Mike argued that the lack of progress was not due to lack of training volume. In fact, the training volume is what's been holding most people back.
I respect Mike Mentzer and the contributions he has made to the strength training world and will always consider him a pioneer in the field.
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About the Author
Jason Ferruggia is a famous fitness expert renowned for his ability to help people build muscle as fast as humanly possible.
Jason has written hundreds of articles for numerous top rated training magazines and websites and has authored four fitness books.
He is also the head training advisor for Men’s Fitness Magazine where he has his own monthly column dedicated to muscle building.
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